Pernille
Mathiesen

Residence
Aarhus, Denmark
Age
22
Nickname
Nils, Niller, Pips, P
Height
184cm
Twitter
@PMathiesen_
Hobbies
Friends, family, baking
Favourite food
Chocolate and cakes
Favourite TV show
Friends
Favourite race
World Championships
Favourite holiday destination
Denmark / visiting friends

Now into her third year with the team, Pernille continued her steady development in 2019 where she picked up several strong results. That included her first Women’s WorldTour podium when she finished third in the TT at the WNT Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta and consequently ended the race in third place overall, alongside other podium places throughout the year.

“You can be really disappointed if you say you’re going to win but then only come second, even if you still did a really good performance. You cannot decide how fast your opponent goes. If I make small steps and become a better cyclist then the top results will come after that.”

Pernille hails from a cycling family with her dad and two older brothers all taking part in the sport, and she still enjoys going out for rides with them when they can. The ability to do just that is one of the reasons why she loves the sport so much.

Pernille Mathiesen | Team Sunweb
Pernille Mathiesen | Team Sunweb
Pernille Mathiesen | Team Sunweb

“In cycling you can go wherever you want to go on your bike. It doesn’t matter how fit you are, or how long you want to go out for, everyone can get out on the bike. That’s really nice because in a lot of other sports you need to be at a certain level to do something together.”

Driven by the success of not only herself but those around her, Pernille thrives in the strong team environment within the Women’s program and uses that as motivation to keep getting better and improving as both a rider and as a person.

Off the bike Pernille likes to relax and chill, often reading a book on her recovery days. Baking is also a passion for the Dane so when she is at the Keep Challenging Center in Sittard, she often takes inspiration and learns recipes from her neighbour Leah.

Results

2019
1 WNT Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta Youth Classification
1 Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour Youth Classification
2 Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour
2 Salverda Omloop van de IJsseldelta
2 National Championships Denmark WE Road Race
2 National Championships Denmark WE ITT
3 WNT Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta
3 WNT Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta Individual Time Trial
3 Postnord UCI WWT Vårgårda WestSweden TTT
4 Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour Stage 5 (ITT)
2018
1 Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta Team Time Trial
2 Crescent Vårgårda TTT
2 National Championships Denmark WE ITT
3 World Championships WE TTT
3 BeNe Ladies Tour Prologue
4 National Championships Denmark WE Road Race
5 European Continental Championships WE ITT
6 Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour Mountains Classification
6 Healthy Ageing Tour Youth Classification
9 Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour Stage 7 (ITT)
2017
1 European Continental Championships WU23 Road Race
1 European Continental Championships WU23 ITT
2 National Championships Denmark WE ITT
2 Boels Rental Ladies Tour Youth Classification
4 National Championships Denmark WE Road Race
5 World Championships WE TTT
6 Crescent Vårgårda TTT
7 Healthy Ageing Tour Youth Classification
7 Healthy Ageing Tour Team Time Trial
11 Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile Team Time Trial